Hedgebrook Writers-in-Residence to Call for Artists by Winery + CoCA: New Creative Opportunities in the Pacific Northwest US



Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program, Whidbey Island, Washington

Hedgebrook is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.

Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year.

Our selection process occurs once a year in the fall, with a late July deadline for submissions. Notifications are made by the beginning of December. Through a completely anonymous, three-round process, approximately forty writers are invited for residencies of two weeks to six weeks. Our residency season runs from February through October.


Hedgebrook supports visionary writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. The Writers in Residence program is Hedgebrook’s core program that for more than 25 years has supported fully-funded residencies for writers representing diversity in citizenship status, nationality, current place of residence, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, trans* identity, age, disability, professional experience, and economic resources. We welcome applicants, published or not, who embrace the mission and opportunity to be a member of Hedgebrook’s community.

All residents are selected solely on the artist statement, artist information and writing sample supplied in their application.

You must be 18 years of age or older by February 1, 2016 to apply. Applicants are welcome to reapply if they have not yet been awarded a residency. Writers who work in languages other than English are welcome to apply if they can supply a writing sample in both English translation as well as in the original language.


Our six hand-crafted cottages – Oak, Fir, Owl, Cedar, Willow and Waterfall – were designed by architect Chuck Dougherty, who worked with the Amish in Pennsylvania. While all the cottages have a similar design, they are built of a variety of woods and have unique color schemes and furnishings. Stained glass windows, pottery sinks, and other features were designed and crafted by local artisans.

Each cottage has an upstairs sleeping loft with a hand built double bed, lamps, rocking chair, chest of drawers, and a small closet. With advance notice, it is possible to accommodate a bed downstairs for those who don’t feel they can climb the ship ladder to the loft. The main floor has a work area with ample desk space, a sitting area with window seat looking out into the woods, and a comfortable, overstuffed armchair. Bookshelves have space for the writer’s personal library, as well as a cottage journal in which each resident is invited to make entries during her stay. With entries dating from Hedgebrook’s genesis in 1988, the journals are the cottage’s living legacy – and a way for writers to connect with those who have come before, and those will come after her stay.

A small half-bathroom and a fully equipped efficiency kitchen finish out the main floor. All cottages have electricity and are heated primarily by wood stoves. Writers share a centrally located bathhouse equipped with two showers, old-fashioned bathtub, two sinks, drawers for each cottage, heated floors and a washer/dryer.

The historic Farmhouse is the center of the Hedgebrook community, where residents gather for dinner at a table overlooking Deer Lagoon and Puget Sound. All meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, using organic food from our garden and local farmers. The Farmhouse living room, with a library full of Hedgebrook writer’s books, serves as a gathering place for residents to converse and share their work.


An important part of the Hedgebrook experience is the solitude and freedom from distraction found in the privacy of your own cottage. If you would like a guest to visit you during your stay, you will first need to get permission from your fellow residents, and then inform the office 24 hours in advance. Visitors must be escorted by a resident or staff member at all times, and only a writer may stay in her cottage or partake of meals at Hedgebrook. Pets may not accompany writers.

$30 application fee; final submission deadline: Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

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Columbia Winery Celebrates Northwest Artists

WHAT & WHEN Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has teamed up with our generous sponsor, Columbia Winery, to offer an exciting new opportunity for artists from the Pacific Northwest. Created to support local artists (WA and OR) and to illustrate how food, wine, and celebrations come to life through visual art, this Call for Entries seeks artists who are interested in being a part of a special promotional campaign launching October 2015.  

DETAILS  Three participating artists will be chosen by a team of jurors who will select work based on the artists’ interpretation of the theme: Food, Wine, & Celebration (e.g.: a special occasion meal, fun with friends, etc.).

  • Each selected artist will receive cash and prizes worth $1,200
  • Limited Edition Reproductions of the selected artists’ work will be featured on Columbia Winery displays throughout Washington and Oregon during the holiday season. Artists will receive the artist proof of the reproduction for their artwork. The winning artists must agree to sign these reproductions (up to 100). Please note that these are not for sale and will be used for display purposes only.
  • The selected artists and the runners up will be featured in an exhibition at the beautiful Columbia Winery Gallery in Woodinville, WA.  
  • One artist’s original artwork will be featured at CoCA’s 2015 Marathon & Auction (Nov 13-15).
  • Two artists’ original works will be the featured prizes in a consumer sweepstakes and creative display contest.
  • Selected artists and runners up will be feted at a special VIP reception at Columbia Winery on Dec 9.
  • CoCA will highlight the selected artists on our website, in our newsletter and through social media.

Application Process

Desired Artwork

  • All original artwork must be two-dimensional: oil, watercolor or acrylic paintings are preferred. Other acceptable mediums are encaustic, lithography, pen & ink, pastel, etc.
  • No photography or three-dimensional work please.
  • For display purposes, all original artwork must be larger than 16 inches in the shortest dimension and no larger than 40 inches in the biggest dimension (so 20×40 is great, but 15×75 is not). Square formats are preferred; rectangular is acceptable.
  • Wine bottles are allowed but no distinct label or brand should be visible unless it represents the current label of Columbia Winery brands.
  • While this is about celebrations, don’t get holiday specific. Your work should be able to hang in someone’s house year-round.

To Enter

Be sure to select the correct submission category: “Columbia Winery Celebrates NW Artists”

  • Review the application procedure before you begin
  • Prepare your texts and images before filling out the application (there is no SAVE feature at this time)
  • Accepted work must be shipped or delivered by artists to Columbia Winery in Woodinville
  • Accepted artists will be asked to sign a contract and make arrangements to receive payment and gift certificates

Free to submit, but CoCA membership required, $15-30.

Deadline for submissions: July 10, 2015 at midnight PST.


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